While Samsung and Apple are battling patents out in court for the smartphones and tablets, Samsung are also delivering high-end accessories to the Apple fans in the UK, including their new Samsung DA-E750 AirPlay speaker.
It has been a few months since we first covered the news about the new AirPlay enabled iPod speaker docks from Samsung, featuring their hybrid digital/valve amplifier, but the top model is now available for customers here in the UK that are looking for a state-of-the-art AirPlay speaker with some high-end looks.
Personally I have been a fan of the style of the DA-E750 since I saw the first images of it. The wood finish table top speaker looks very sleek and high-end, and it feels like Samsung have but a combination of quality components and craftwork into this one. This is definitely a sound system that won’t look out of place in any living room, with the silver lining around the speaker cones, the valve feature on the top of the unit, and the integrated docking station situated at the back of the unit which supports both iOS device docking (iPod, iPhone and iPad) and Samsung Galaxy docking. If anything negative can be said about the unit, it could be the placement of the docking station, making it hard to reach if you choose to have your DA-E750 placed on a low ceiling shelve or similar. Then again, the aesthetics of the unit is meant for it to sit out in the open.
While having a built-in docking station is all good, this system is about wireless streaming. Unlike many other AirPlay speakers in the market, Samsung have thought about the needs of both iOS and Android owners out there, including both AirPlay and AllShare wireless streaming. They have even added bluetooth 3.0 with apt-X CSR for high-end bluetooth streaming. Built inWi-Fi is also supported with LAN connector at the back of the unit for those with unstable Wi-Fi connections.
Besides the multitude of connections capabilities (only really missing is DAB radio), the highlight of the DA-E750 is the hybrid digital/valve amplifier. The vacuum tube amp is said to deliver more warmth and depth to the sound compared to the more usual all digital amps usually found in systems like these. Total output power is 100W; 2x20W and a dedicated 60W for the built-in woofer. Should be plenty even for the louder house parties.
First impression of sound from a display unit in a not ideal surrounding was still good, and up there with the other high-end AirPlay systems in the same price class, but i can’t wait to have some one-on-one time with the DA-E750 to get a better feeling of its true audio performance.